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    Conference Committee Approves Budget Measures: Education Hit Hard

    Patrick Heffner

    The House and Senate bi-partisan conference committee today approved sweeping cuts in state spending, pending votes on the bills in both the House and Senate. All together, the bills will cut between 1.2 and 1.7 million dollars from the current state budget, depending on whether House Democrats succeed in adding ...

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    State Higher Education Funding Debate

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    During the 1980s, Michigan's 15 public universities received about 75 percent of their funding from the state and only generated about 25 percent of their funding from tuition dollars, according to Mark Burnham, Michigan State University's vice president for governmental affairs. Today, those ratios have flipped, and this year's budget negotiations ...

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    State Budget- An Overview

    Patrick Heffner

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    Grand Valley State University State Appropriation Inequity

    Tracey Holland

    The West Michigan metropolitan area is actively engaged in urban renewal and seeks to strengthen its 21st century economy. The economic development focus in this area's central city, Grand Rapids, aims to retain and create jobs primarily by strengthening existing companies in the area (K. Woods, personal communication, October, 20, 2010). ...

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    Michigan Budget 101

    Karen Confer

    From roads to colleges to food stamps to police, most of the institutes of government Michiganders interact on a daily basis are funded completely or primarily by the state. Although the flashy debates among Washington's top players about the federal budget process inevitably nab the biggest headlines, the complex Michigan budget process ...

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    Measuring Policy Priorities: Michigan's Budgetary Decisions Compared w …

    Karen Confer

    Politicians are always running for office. It's not an original observation, but it is an important one. In order to have the power to make a difference, politicians constantly need favor from the public, interest groups, corporations and donors. To curry support, every lawmaker talks about their championed causes and their preferred ...

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    Suprisingly Solvent- Michigans Budget Versus the Rest of the Country

    Patrick Heffner

    As the FY2009 budget was unveiled, Michigan's residents reacted with dismay, noting yet another year where a large budget deficit will force cuts or tax increases for fiscal year 2009. Many residents assume Michigan's budget situation is unique, and worse off than most. ...

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    The Office of Retirement Services (ORS)

    Evan

    The Office of Retirement Services is a division of the State of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget whose primary function is to serve the working and retired public servants of Michigan. The ORS is divided into the following retirement systems: Public School Employees Retirement System, State Employees Retirement System, ...

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    Meet your Policy Fellow: Evan Martinak

    Evan Martinak is state budget policy fellow for the Michigan Policy Network. Evan is from Walled Lake, Michigan on the east side. He is a student in James Madison College, pursuing a major in international relations and also doubling it with an economics major. He intends to pursue a minor in Philosophy of Law. He is highly involved in student government at MSU. He is a member of ASMSU (The Associated Student of Michigan State University) as well as James Madison College Student Senate. He is also an avid Manchester United fan.